Short Story: "Strax"

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Short Story: "Strax"

Postby Alicorn » Wed Jul 16, 2014 9:37 am

Strax, < 5,000 words, I'm billing it as "science fiction" but the underlying mechanism for the speculative element is unspecified in the text.
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Re: Short Story: "Strax"

Postby Bluelantern » Wed Jul 16, 2014 11:38 am

Alicorn wrote:Strax, < 5,000 words, I'm billing it as "science fiction" but the underlying mechanism for the speculative element is unspecified in the text.


Loved it :D

(Why Strax?)
Sorry for my bad english

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Re: Short Story: "Strax"

Postby Alicorn » Wed Jul 16, 2014 11:40 am

It says in the story, it's short for "soundtracks". (There have presumably been previous terms that have since succumbed to pejorative rollover; "strax" is accepted for casual use at the time of the story.)
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Re: Short Story: "Strax"

Postby Anya » Wed Jul 16, 2014 11:40 am

-It's short for "soundtracks"!-


Edit: already answered. :3
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Re: Short Story: "Strax"

Postby Lambda » Wed Jul 16, 2014 3:40 pm

I found it very distressing. I guess that means it worked?
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Re: Short Story: "Strax"

Postby Alicorn » Wed Jul 16, 2014 3:46 pm

People keep finding my more relatively innocuous stories distressing and I don't know why.
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Re: Short Story: "Strax"

Postby Lambda » Wed Jul 16, 2014 3:56 pm

The distress I experienced from Strax was very similar to the distress I experienced from Me And The Abstracted Persona of the Anti-Ism Community At Large. It might have something to do with fear of ostracism and/or shaming becoming internalized shame. It might be relevant that I'm white and was raised liberal.
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Re: Short Story: "Strax"

Postby jalapeno_dude » Wed Jul 16, 2014 3:57 pm

Alicorn wrote:People keep finding my more relatively innocuous stories distressing and I don't know why.


Really? I certainly wouldn't describe this story as "relatively innocuous" -- to me it seemed pretty clearly influenced by the sort of stuff that you tag with "don't bite me" on your tumblr...

EDIT: ^ What Lambda said.
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Re: Short Story: "Strax"

Postby Alicorn » Wed Jul 16, 2014 4:06 pm

Well, yes, but no one is being tortured or mind-controlled or murdered or anything. Relative to some other things I write, I mean.
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Re: Short Story: "Strax"

Postby Kappa » Wed Jul 16, 2014 4:10 pm

Maybe it's an Umbridge-Voldemort thing? Relatively few of your readers have direct experience with torture, murder, or mind-control, I'd imagine, but rather tautologically one hundred percent of your readers on this forum use the Internet.

Edit: Umbridge-Voldemort in the sense of "people hate and fear Voldemort less viscerally because far fewer of them have personally encountered someone like him, whereas lots and lots of people have personally encountered someone like Umbridge"
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